The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, 7th September, 2017, inaugurated a 15-member Inter-Ministerial Committee for the implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) is seeking the services of Consultant(s), Individual Researchers and Research Institutions to undertake an international comparative study of models for Ghana’s proposed National Sanitation Authority (NSA), and associated support to the Government of Ghana’s decision-making around design of the NSA.
Four tricycle riders arrested for dumping waste at an authorized place have been sentenced to one month imprisonment each by the Kumasi Magistrate Court. They are Kwadwo Abedi, Stephen Ampong, Karim Mohammed and Ishau Abukom. The court, presided over by Mrs. Doreen Smith Arthur, ordered that they additionally signed a bond not to indiscriminately dispose of refuse for one year.
The government need to mobilise GH¢485 million to finance about 970,559 households who require some form of financing to own household latrines.This is based on the assumption that a basic improved latrine will cost GH¢500 per household. Research by a Ghanaian consulting firm, CDC Consult and presented at the National Basic Sanitation Forum in July indicated that 1.21 million households, forming 19.3 per cent of households in Ghana were without toilets.
Global Communities, an International Non-Governmental Organisation in collaboration with the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources and Duraplast Ghana, a plastic manufacturing company in Ghana has developed a plastic slab latrine they have christened “Digni Loo” to replace non-resilient wooden and unaffordable cement slaps currently being used in the construction of household latrines in most rural areas in Ghana.
The UNICEF Ghana Chief of WASH, Mr. David Duncan has advised WASH sector partners to share more information on WASH programme implementation in the rural areas which were yielding results in order to accelerate the process of scaling up Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) across the country.
The Community Water and Sanitation Agency in collaboration with Bill and Millender Gates Foundation (BMGF) have set aside $22,500 prize package to motivate private and non-state actor innovators implement liquid waste management strategies in the country.
The Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources (MSWR) Mr. Joseph Kofi Adda has urged all WASH sector players to adhere to the National Guidelines in the implementation of their Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programmes rather than the project-specific guidelines currently being used by some organisations.
The Parliament of Ghana has approved a budgetary allocation of over GHc 255 Million to the newly created Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources for the 2017 fiscal year. An estimated GHc 28 Million out of the total budget allocation of GHc 255, 531,354 for the Ministry has been earmarked for capital goods, with over GHc 216 Million of the allocated budget for the Ministry expected to come in by way of inflows from donor partners.
Government will establish a National Sanitation Fund this year as part of measures to address the sanitation situation in the country in a sustainable manner, said the Minister for Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta. He has announced this in Accra during the presentation of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government of Ghana for the 2017 Financial Year to Parliament on Thursday, 2nd March, 2017.
The issue of governance has become fundamental in every human endeavor. Governance permeates every societal fabric including corporate institutions, nation building and the provision of essential social services such as WASH services. It was therefore no wonder that the issue of governance featured prominently at the 27th edition of the Mole Conference at Big Ada in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.
The ever increasing need for developing countries to ensure that better sanitation services are provided to their citizens has never been evident than now. Over 2.5 billion people, representing about 40 per cent of the world’s population practice open defecation or lack adequate sanitation facilities. The effect of this phenomenon can be dire, especially on human health and the environment in general.
The Director, Water, Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH) Mr. Fred Addae, has called on all actors in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector in Ghana to reposition themselves in order to surmount the funding challenges in the sector as well as partner with the Government to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on water and sanitation by 2030.
The 27TH Edition of the Mole Conference has ended at Big Ada in the Greater Accra Region on 24th November, 2016 with a call on stakeholders in the WASH sector in Ghana to redouble their efforts at introducing, adopting and utilizing technology and innovation in the provision of sustainable water and sanitation products and services in Ghana.
The Coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) has elected Martin Dery as its new Chairman. The other elected executives include, Atta Arhin, Vice Chairman, Karim Abdul, Northern Zone Representative, Nuhu Umar, Middle Zone Representative and William Domiappella, Southern Zone Representative.
The changing financing landscape in the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector makes it very imperative for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to open up the sanitation market and forge partnership with the private sector to provide efficient and low cost sanitation services to the citizenry especially the poor households, the Programme Manager of IRC Ghana, Mr. Kwame Asiedu Asubonteng has said.
One significant issue facing developing countries, of which Ghana is no exception, in the area of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is the waning funding to the sector. Ghana’s case is even more complicated, considering the country’s recent reclassification as a lower middle income country. Though this may present opportunities for the WASH sector, it can initially constrain the sector’s ability to attract funding, especially when about 90 per cent of the sectors’ funding comes from loans and grants.
ACCRA, 23 February 2017 – The Sanitation Challenge for Ghana (SC4Gh) team has announced a new website to promote the urban sanitation innovation prize. Mr. Kweku Quansah of the Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate and Mrs. Vida Duti of IRC jointly made the announcement at the 61st National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP 61) meeting.
The 56th edition of the National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP 56) highlighted for attention a number of key learning points– the need to rethink partnership with communities leading the agenda; work with communities to create a neutral structured platform to lead the setting of their own agenda; provide up-to-date evidence and its implication for the wider development; and widen the base and make a compelling case for inclusive participation among target communities, etc.
The 4th community-led total sanitation (CLTS) annual stock taking forum (STF) agreed to explore learning from the Sanitation Challenge for Ghana initiative as one of the existing innovative sanitation financing mechanisms. This was one of the key decision points in the forum communique shared at the end of the 4-day event.
The Watershed Ghana work package, a component of a 5-year multi-country strategic partnership between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IRC (lead), Simavi, Wetlands International and Akvo, to deliver improvements in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services through Civil Society Organisation (CSO) advocacy and lobby was launched in Accra on 30 June, 2016.
Ghana’s public sector is like a nest; the habitation of the haughty and the modest. However, its pride is the likes of Mr. Ben Yaw Ampomah, the Executive Secretary of the Water Resources Commission, described by many people as modest and noble.